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> Sinking the Bismarck.
Posted: May 27, 2011 07:46 pm
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Posted: May 28, 2011 11:28 am
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It seems to be fashionable these days to condemn the winners on the most flimsy evidence.
Just how did this sailor know that it wasn't a new battle flag which he tthought was black ?
Was the morse message in English ? If so how many English speakers were there on Bismarck and how likely were they to be able to get to a signalling lamp to send the message.
Was Rodney really close enough to the Bismarck for this sailor to be able to see a semaphore message ?
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Posted: May 30, 2011 06:05 am
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Guys, you seem unaware of the worst part of the story: there were countless German sailors swimming in the water. A British destroyer came and pick up few lucky ones, to be shown for publicity later, and left all the other sailors behind. No other British vessel came to pick up any of the rest. It looked like the grudge for loosing battleship HMS Hood was deep.
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You would rather expect this kind of leaving hundreds of unrescued sailors behind to the savages fighting on both sides in the Pacific.

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Posted: June 03, 2011 04:18 am
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actually there were several german submarines heading towards the area, therefore no british ship took the risk of actually stopping.
Posted: June 03, 2011 07:54 am
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Bismarck Sinks
At 1039 that morning, Bismarck’s stern disappeared beneath the water. Dorsetshire and Maori stopped to rescue survivors, but a U-boat alarm caused them to leave the scene after rescuing only 110 Bismarck sailors, abandoning the surviving crew in the water. The next morning U-74, which had heard sinking noises from a distance, and the German weather ship Sachsenwald picked up 5 survivors. 1,995 of the ship's crew of 2,200 died.

Von der Besatzung überlebten nur 116 Mann, davon rettete die HMS Dorsetshire 86, die HMS Maori 25, das deutsche U-Boot U 74 3 und das deutsche Wetterschiff Sachsenwald 2 Mann.
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